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Look to the East Coast -- and the military -- if you want the best chance of earning a decent paycheck after graduating from college.

Look to the East Coast — and the military —  if you want the best chance of earning a decent paycheck after graduating from college, according to PayScale’s new College Salary Report for 2016-2017.

The report is based on salary data for alumni of nearly 1,400 U.S. colleges at least 10 years after the students graduated. The data are broken down by school, degree level and college major.

According to the report, these are the top 10 colleges for salary potential:

  • SUNY Maritime College: $144,000 midcareer pay
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology: $134,000
  • Harvey Mudd College: $131,000
  • Princeton University: $131,000
  • Stanford University: $127,000
  • U.S. Military Academy at West Point: $126,000
  • U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis: $125,000
  • U.S. Air Force Academy: $124,000
  • University of Pennsylvania: $124,000
  • Harvard University: $123,000

According to PayScale, these are the top 10 highest-paying bachelor degrees and their graduates’ midcareer pay:

  • Petroleum engineering: $172,000
  • Systems engineering: $121,000
  • Actuarial science: $119,000
  • Chemical engineering: $119,000
  • Computer science and engineering: $116,000
  • Nuclear engineering: $116,000
  • Electronics and communications engineering: $115,000
  • Electrical and computer engineering: $114,000
  • Aeronautical engineering: $113,000
  • Computer engineering: $113,000

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